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Murdering Logic without a Gun!

I was desperately attempting to avoid chiming in on the topic of gun control as I feel that I have nothing new to bring to the table on this subject.  Yet, here I am prepared to draw at high noon on the idiocy behind the arguments used by gun control advocates and lobbyists. I have yet to see one talking point, driving truth, or logical argument used by anti-gun politicians and the citizens that back them and find much of their reasoning to be so asinine and unfounded that it insults my forward thinking brain.  In the following rant I am going to dissect some of the more prominent anti-gun arguments and leave it to the public to decide who is left standing in this shootout. Of Course, according to those against gun rights, I do have the advantage due to the fact that I am unable to refrain from using my firearms when frustrated.

A popular talking point among the anti-gun crowd is this notion that we need to ban “assault” weapons from any and all civilian ownership.  I can understand how one with a limited knowledge on firearms would have a lack of understanding on how little weight there is in this argument.  My first problem with this argument is rooted in the fact that most of the weapons identified as assault weapons by advocates such as Senator Feinstein are no different from common hunting rifles in function and yet only bear a different cosmetic appearance.  Lets take a look at a few examples:

AR-15

Stag  Arms AR-15

Caliber 5.56
Sights: Rear Sight aperture and Front Sight Post (Scope is attachable)
Fire Rate: Semi-Auto (One Shot per trigger pull)
Available to civilians

Savage

Savage Arms .22 Semi-Automatic Long Rifle
Caliber: .22 (similar to 5.56 NATO see .223 Remington for differences)
Fire Rate: Semi-Auto (One Shot per trigger pull)
Available to civilians: yes

Now if you are an avid gun enthusiast you will not need to be educated on the minor differences between the caliber of the rounds, but for full understanding I recommend visiting the link listed above. That considered, the only real difference behind these two weapons is their cosmetic appearance. So what makes the first weapon an assault weapon? The simple answer is it looks tactical or in other words similar to weapons used in combat; however, the weapons used by myself and others in the military are gravely different from the AR-15 above. This is because the M16-A4 and M4 serviced in the US Military are generally fielded with a burst selector switch. This switch allows you to place the weapon either on safe, semi-automatic, or three round burst. The three round burst allows you to fire three rounds in rapid succession with one trigger pull. Also in rare cases these items are fielded with a full-auto option, but this is rarely utilized as it serves little to no purpose. Full Automatic is limited to suppression and utilized by machine gunners.

Colt

Colt M4

Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Fire Rate: Semi-Auto, Burst, Full Auto
Only available to Law Enforcement/Military

So when looking at pure facts based of the actual specifications it is easy to see that “assault weapons” are already banned in the US and that gun control advocates actually want to ban scary looking weapons that are painted black. How is this viewpoint even respected?

Moving On!

I will not waste much time on the magazine capacity argument as any one who has shot a weapon regularly knows that a standard reload of a magazine takes so little time that it makes hardly any difference in a shooting situation. I will use this video of a fellow Devil Dog firing a magazine with only TWO rounds in it then speed reloading. I will let this warrior make the argument for me.

Point Made! Next Argument

Now this last argument utilized by anti-gun advocates gets under my skin more than all others. Gun Control lobbyists and advocates claim that more guns means more violence. The audacity of these people makes me curious as to what statistics or logic for that matter lead them to this conclusion. There is absolutely no evidence provided to shows a positive correlation between in an increase legal gun ownership and an increase in violence and violent crime.  Don’t take my word for it. Visit either the FBI’s website that posts crime statistic and form your own conclusion or here’s a reposting of a great video posted by Amidst The Noise.

I mean lets face just because I give a hundred people hammers and nails that doesn’t mean I now have a hundred carpenters.  The tool does not define the wielder, the wielder defines the tool.

Whether you are pro or anti gun, please chime in with your thoughts, comments, and concerns.


The Paradox that is the GOP

The GOP is being held back by a large group of Moralists that believe the government must establish guidelines, laws, and regulation to create “social order.”  Webster defines a moralist as “one concerned with regulating the morals of others.”   This goes directly against the true Federalist mentality that the Republican Party prides itself on. Federalists seek to limit the federal government’s sway of individual and state issues.  There has been a hotbed of examples in the past decades on the conflict between these two ideals.  Issues such as abortion, marriage laws, and the legalization of marijuana have been key platforms used by many politicians to appeal to their constituents.   What is terribly confusing is that any citizen that truly understands what the Republican Party stands for would realize that federal regulation on these issues is in direct contrast to how they believe the rest of the government should be ran.  Now if you have been alive in the last century, you would argue that the GOP has always been social conservatives while establishing its libertarian ideals in the economic world. This is very true; however, in my opinion, a true Republican with strong moral values would still hold the belief that social issues should be left to state and local governments with little or no regulation from the Federal institution.  Political figures within the GOP such as Ron Paul, aim to bring the Federalist ideology to all parts of the Republican Party not just economics.  I believe with the youth of this nation growing up to be one of the most accepting generations since the hippie movement that the GOP would garner a huge influx of young voters if they would no longer bring their social conservative ideals into the Federal environment.  


Proud to be an American?

Country artist Lee Greenwood once wrote in his song “God Bless the USA” that he was “Proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.”  As a teenager watching the attacks on this country on Sept 11 2001 and a Marine who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom those lines struck a chord with me. Now as I age and pay more attention to the atmosphere in this country I have begun to question those lines. Sure we have more freedom than much of this world, but to what end? What are we free to do as Americans that we deserve to be proud of? At least we know we are free, right? We are slaves to a dying economy, ran by a militaristic industrialist mentality, educated by public education system meant to indoctrinate us into consumerism, and informed by a news media conglomerate in shackles to its ratings.  This nation has began to disgust me and earn my distrust. Not just the government and its corrupt politicians but my fellow citizens. Which brings me to a true of example of American behavior.  In 2010, a young US Army Staff Sergeant was the first living soldier to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam for repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire to save his fellow Americans in Afghanistan in 2007. Now you would think this would have been running on the news constantly. Regardless of  how you feel about a war and its politics, one would have to agree that this important information to our nation. Yet while Staff Sergeant Giunta’s ceremony in which he received his Medal of Honor ran once in a ten minute block and the rest of the day was filled with Anna Nicole Smith’s death and the details of her life and the investigation.  now what this told me is that America cares more for some soft core porn star than one of its true heroes. This is just one example of the disgusting traits I see everyday in my fellow Americans. So why the hell should I be proud of that? We should I be proud that my fellow citizens choose to waste their freedom on watching Jersey Shore and forgetting its’ heroes. Now I know what a lot of you are thinking. The Staff Sergeant was an American, he was a Hero, and he is someone to be proud of. You would be right. The SSG is someone to be proud of, but there is so much in this nation to not be proud of. We wonder why there are so many people, cultures, and entire nations that can not stand Americans. Notice I said Americans and not America. Why should anyone like us?  What in our combined behavior is there to like? We walk around with our chests puffed out like we are the biggest, baddest, and best people there are on this earth. The only thing most Americans have accomplished is being lucky enough to be born in a nation where ignorance and mediocrity are rewarded and expected. Lucky to be born in a world where the poor live better than the rich in some nations.  We claim to be the greatest nation in the world when really we are just the nation with the largest gun.   How can you be proud to be lucky?  I wish I could be like some of these blind patriots who love America and its people no matter what is going on in the world but I just can’t blindly spout out bullshit pride in a people whose greatest talent is eating french fries and watching reality stars lives implode.  I just hope that the citizens of this nation turn around and prove me wrong.  I will never regret my military service, and would serve again and I know there are heroes out there willing to die for freedom. I just hope that the “freedom” does not continue to be wasted.


The President Wins

Good Evening Fellow Americans,

Regardless of your political leanings and who you voted for, please, let’s all work as a country to get behind President
Obama in repairing this country. I could care less who everyone voted for, how happy/angry you are with the results.
In any situation that every comes up in life, someone must take the lead. I for one would like to move in “a” direction
rather than stagnate in the current climate this country has been in for the last decade or so. Hopefully congress can
realize that the great divide between left and right can be bridged and this country can return to greatness. President Obama
may have won himself another four years, but if he does not get some support from his citizens and the US Congressional system
then he will not be able to accomplish anything. I am a utilitarian libertarian believing in social change and equality, and
for this I am gracious to have President Obama in office for four more years. On the other hand, however, I believe in a smaller
federal government with less federal regulation and intervention. So in this area, I would rather have a GOP candidate (not Romney)
in office. I will never agree with everything that any political figure in our bi-partisan system will stand for and do.
I will, however, support them in the things I do believe in. Whether you are a democrat, libertarian, or republican, you are
an American first, and President of Obama is the President of the United States of America. He is not the President of the
Democratic Party or the left. He is the President of America. So constituents, make your voice heard to your representatives at
every level. Let them know you want progress. Let them know that we as America wish to be the greatest nation on this earth again
and we know we cannot get there fighting amongst ourselves. We do not need to sacrifice our ideals in order to get this task accomplished.
We simply need to work together.

Your Countryman,
Hunt4Thought


Political Accountability

Whether we sit on the left or right of the political spectrum many Americans have been complaining about the state of affairs in our once great nation. Those content with our social and economic are few and are generally only among those wealthy enough to sign their own legislation. We the People need to wake up and realize that our government officials no longer have our best interest at heart. We only need to follow the money trail to see that Congressman no longer serve us. Once in office they only serve themselves. Corporations have usurped our position as constituents. Campaign contributions are now synonymous with bribes. While nothing I am scribing here on this blog post is new information that you haven’t heard before, why do we accept it? Why does the news constantly target the Office of the President about the issues ailing our nation? Why is congress not held accountable? I am not saying that the President should not be held accountable at all; however, it is the Congressman of this nation that are truly responsible for the care taking of our nations policies. Don’t take this article as a detraction from President Obama’s follies or his feats. I am not a support of either candidate in the running as one wants to give what little hard-earned money I make away and the other wants to control Americans’ personal lives and choices. This musing is just over the fact that no one seems to be willing to hold our government accountable for the state of this nation. We produce nothing, we consume everything, and we whine and whine and whine. Yet, we do nothing. This country has become obese and lazy. We need to get out and exercise our power as the People and say “Enough! You will be held accountable. You will start paying attention to your citizens. Not just the ones with wealth and power. All of us.”


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